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to blame big brother said it acquired 12 million udid numbers from an fbi surveillance program. but the fbi says it's not the source, saying in a statement on twitter, we never had info in question. bottom line -- totally false. and now an orlando company that works with multiple online magazine publishers, bluetote.com, says it's the inadvertent source. >> in response to this we've brought in an independent team to begin evaluating and confirming what happened and putting things in place so that this doesn't happen again. >> is that door closed? >> the door is absolutely closed. >> reporter: closed thanks in part to david schutz, a virginia-based security analyst, who discovered it was not an fbi file but came from bluetote.com. >> everybody goes crazy about the government having this information, but they never seem to think that it's bad that corporations might also have this information. and more often than not, it's the corporations who are tracking all this stuff. >> apple tells us programmers are moving away from using those i.d. numbers in apps. but for the devices that have already
illegal. >> reporter: as fbi agents questioned shell, it became clear he was not part of any criminal plot, but instead the victim of perhaps a prank on his 29th birthday. >> that this was a hoax, and a pretty nasty trick was played on a passenger, and it resulted in really a threat to all of the passengers. >> reporter: an investigation into who made the call and why continues. >> it's just incredibly foolish and irresponsible thing to do. the bottom line it's criminal. >> reporter: and costly. u.s. air estimates the hoax will coast upwards of tens of thousands, a price tag that does not include the fears and frustrations of dozens of passengers hurried off the plane and onto later flights. jay gray, nbc news, dallas. >>> police in los angeles searched the home of a bank manager today after she was forced to help rob her own bank. investigators say two men kidnapped the woman from her home yesterday, strapped what they said was a bomb to her body, and forced her to get money from the bank. a bomb squad blew up the device. it turned out it was not a bomb. police say today's search was part
of leadership. seven weeks from election day. the fbi says it will investigate the death of our four u.s. diplomats in libya. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> we will have continuing coverage of the violence in libya, coming up on news4 at 5:00. we'll talk to some of the people who knew ambassador stephens here in washington. >>> now, to the announcement from apple. thinner, lighter, a bigger screen. those are just some of the selling points of the iphone 5. >> apple's billing it as the biggest thing to happen to the iphone since the original made its debut and it's coming to stores in just a matter of weeks. nbc's jay gray has more on the new features and how apple's trying to leave android in its dust. >> reporter: the skies did not open up, by all reports the earth is still on its axis, but the tech universe has a new star. >> today we introduce iphone 5. >> reporter: made entirely of aluminum and glass made its debut in san francisco. >> it is the most beautiful product we have ever made. >> reporter: and apple says the most powerful, advanced smartphone ever created. >> it is real
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